Wayne State University – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:23:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Here’s A 17 Photo Construction Tour Of Wayne State’s New Mike Ilitch School Of Business http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/01/heres-17-photo-construction-tour-wayne-states-new-mike-ilitch-school-business/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/01/heres-17-photo-construction-tour-wayne-states-new-mike-ilitch-school-business/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:01:02 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39932 Wayne State’s Mike llitch School of Business is at the halfway point of construction, and the progress is impressive.

Come next year, more than 3,500 students will be served by the 120,000 square foot building that’s across the street from the new Little Caesars Arena on Woodward Avenue.

On Thursday we went on a construction tour of the $59 million project that we’ve been following since steel started going in back in April.

$40 million of the funding came through a gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. The gift was made in 2014, before the death of magnate Mike Ilitch.

All the floors have been poured, and you can start to see the general shape of things to come as the interior framing and drywall has begun.

They’re working from the top down, so up on the fourth floor there’s more complete than downstairs.

We took a peek into the future Dean’s office, as well as the view he’s going to have out on what promises to be a great terrace.

The terrace will have louvered skylights that can be opened or closed depending on the weather.

Exterior stone and glass has arrived and is being installed, and you can start to see the modern look of the structure.

The view down Woodward from the fourth floor is pretty solid.

Heat was starting to be pumped into the top floors when we were on site, and within the next week, the building will be fully enclosed.

There’s also a “vegetated terrace” going in.

Downstairs, there will be an LED stock ticker visible from Woodward and Temple to go along with their Bloomberg terminals.

Check out the common area on the ground floor.

Outside of that glass wall (will be able to open up into the courtyard) we’re told they’ll be able to tent the space outside for special events.

And then, there’s the Lear Auditorium that will hold more than 250 people. Lear sponsored the auditorium that, of course, has a car lift.

Christman-Brinker is the Construction Manager. Ideal Steel and the Ironworkers Local 25 is working on the steel structure. Smith Group JJR did the design, all Detroit-based companies.

Classes will begin in the new facility in the spring 2018 semester.

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Big Sean’s Foundation Donates $15K To Help Support Homeless Wayne State Students http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/05/31/big-seans-foundation-donates-15k-help-support-homeless-wayne-state-students/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/05/31/big-seans-foundation-donates-15k-help-support-homeless-wayne-state-students/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 19:56:55 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=36363 The Sean Anderson Foundation has donated $15,000 to benefit Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

Students in the program receive short-term assistance with the goal of returning students to long-term stability and helping them complete their degree.

This is the second gift from the Sean Anderson Foundation, created by recording artist Big Sean in support of the HIGH Program.

Back in 2016, the foundation created a $25,000 endowment for the program, showing recording artist and Detroit native Big Sean’s commitment to improving the quality of life of young people.

The HIGH Program was founded in 2013 by Wayne State’s first lady Jacqueline Wilson as a strategic response to this issue at Wayne State after she had met a Wayne State student who had experienced homelessness while attending school.

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VIDEO: Final Piece Of Structural Steel Goes In At The New WSU Ilitch School Of Business http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/05/24/video-final-piece-structural-steel-goes-new-wsu-ilitch-school-business/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/05/24/video-final-piece-structural-steel-goes-new-wsu-ilitch-school-business/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:24 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=36229

Despite a misting rain, crews after a small ceremony lifted the final beam in place for Wayne State University’s new Mike Ilitch School of Business under construction at the corner of Woodward and Temple in downtown Detroit.

The $50 million facility, located right next to the new Little Caesars Arena, aims to serve about 3,500 students at a time.

Here’s our construction check-in from earlier as well as the announcement of the project’s new renderings.

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Behind The Barricade: Checking In On The Construction Of The New Wayne State Business School http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/04/14/behind-barricade-checking-construction-new-wayne-state-business-school/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/04/14/behind-barricade-checking-construction-new-wayne-state-business-school/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:42:51 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=35405 Earlier this week we had the chance to swing by the new Mike Ilitch Wayne State School of Business building to see how construction was coming along.

It’s a $50 million development on Woodward Avenue at Temple, right next to the new Little Caesars Arena complex.

So far, 140 tons of steel have been installed. There is still another 1,000 or so tons to go.

The next phase will be decking in June, followed by a glass facade.

The school will house a variety of programs, and a digital ticker tape you’ll be able to see from Woodward.

There will be a trading and big data laboratory and the business school will have some new programs at the new location.

“Given our new location, one of the things we’re going to start with once we move in here is we’re going to have a concentration in our MBA program in sport and entertainment management, which given our location, it just makes sense,” said Bob Forsythe, Dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. “We’re going to be within walking distance of four professional sports teams, the Fox, the Philmore, the arena, and we’ll be able to do that.”

A new certificate in entrepreneurship will be offered to help support and grow surrounding businesses.

The project came together rather quickly after being something on the “wish list” for more than a decade.

“Chris Ilitch actually came to campus to talk about the family’s plans in Detroit, and he asked our president, “Are there things that we can do with Wayne State?” The president talked about things like we need residence halls and so on, and almost as an afterthought at the end of the conversation, he said, “You know, we’re thinking of moving the business school downtown,” said Forsythe.

“That was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving of 2014, and the very next week, Chris called the president and said, “Mr. President, I spent Thanksgiving with my parents, and we want to build you a business school,” said Forsythe.

As we were told the story, a former dean of the business wrote a letter and delivered it to Mike and Marian fifteen years ago asking them to build a business school. Upon the next visit of Chris Ilitch, he actually brought that old letter with him.

The school which will be built in a “U” shape will serve more than 3,500 students at the new location.

The project, according to those on site, is on pace for an April 2018 grand opening.

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The generosity is amazing: More than $31,000 raised for fallen WSU policeman Collin Rose’s memorial fund http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/11/25/generosity-detroiters-amazing-31000-raised-fallen-wsu-policeman-collin-roses-memorial-fund/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:08:45 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=32829 The outpouring of generosity from Detroiters is always an amazing thing to see.

As of this writing, nearly 580 people have come together to raise $31,986 for the memorial fund of Wayne State Police officer Collin Rose, who tragically lost his life Wednesday while on duty.

There has already been a person arraigned for the crime, Deeanglo Davis, who has been jailed without bond.

The 31 year old from Detroit is charged with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm, as well as being a habitual offender.

The murder charges have mandatory life sentences.

The fund was created by Wayne State business school student Brent Steinacker. He is a senior. It will be managed by Rose’s fiancee, Nicole Salgot. The funds “will be used to assist in paying for Officer Rose’s funeral expenses and memorial services.”

If you’re interested in supporting this, then click here for the GoFundMe page.

UDM Titans, WSU Warriors To Face Off In Charity Basketball Game To Benefit Detroit Schools http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/10/26/udm-titans-wsu-warriors-face-off-charity-basketball-game-benefit-detroit-schools/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:27:35 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=26901 It took 14 years to happen on the basketball court, but a new “City College Series” to raise money for education in the city is tipping off this Saturday for an exhibition game between the University of Detroit Mercy Titans and the Wayne State Warriors.

The series is possible thanks to a sponsorship formed with Michigan First Credit Union to raise money for the Detroit Public Schools Community District with the aid of a basketball game between local academic institutions in the city.

The first game is this Saturday, Oct. 29, benefiting Detroit Public Schools (DPS), grades K-5. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.and tickets are now on sale only at Calihan Hall (4001 W. McNichols Road in Detroit) for just $2 per person.

“We are committed to helping our city and our local community, and this is a great way for two of the most prominent academic institutions in Detroit to give back,” said Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. “It has been 14 years since Detroit Mercy and Wayne State have played, and both teams feature head coaches with enormous ties to each other and the city of Detroit.”

All of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Detroit Public Schools to provide financial assistance for the district’s K-5 classrooms with Michigan First contributing a matching donation for all tickets sold.

WATCH: Doritos Uses Wayne State As Backdrop For New Ad Encouraging Voter Registration http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/09/27/watch-doritos-uses-wayne-state-backdrop-new-ad-encouraging-voter-registration/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/09/27/watch-doritos-uses-wayne-state-backdrop-new-ad-encouraging-voter-registration/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:09:24 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=26147 Registering to vote is important, and apparently, goes with Doritos “No Choice” brand.

It opens with a set of students talking about how they haven’t registered to vote, don’t plan to vote, or don’t like politics.

The concept behind the nearly two minute long video that has a is that if you walk up to the machine and answer that you didn’t register to vote, you get a bag with tasteless triangles no matter which of the flavors – Doritos Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch (red or blue packs) – you select. Get it? No Choice.

Inside the bag was a note, “If you’re not registered to vote, this bag is for you. It has no taste, no crunch, no choice, because if you don’t vote, someone else choses for you just like this.”

The campaign is in partnership with Rock the Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to building long-term youth political power. The idea is that the Frito-Lay brand aims to address the issue that the youth vote in America has decreased significantly since 1964. One in two Americans aged 18 to 24 did not vote in 1964; by 2012, 62% did not vote, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

You can also send a bag of the flavorless chips through a microsite to someone not registered to vote.

“This election season, Doritos believes the boldest choice is making a choice, We have always believed every single person can make an impact — we all have a voice and it’s important we exercise that voice and be heard. Our campaign reinforces the idea that if you don’t make a choice, someone else chooses for you,” said Jennifer Saenz, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Frito-Lay, in a statement.

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Wayne State University’s Enrollment Is Up For The First Time In 7 Years http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/09/15/wayne-state-universitys-enrollment-first-time-7-years/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/09/15/wayne-state-universitys-enrollment-first-time-7-years/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:25:19 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=25818 Although Wayne State has been making a large number of physical improvements to their campus as of late, their actual enrollment has actually gone down each of the last seven years.

That trend has stopped for this school year, with enrollment rising just a bit – 0.4 percent,  or 104 students — this fall. Current enrollment is now 27,326. Their goal is to get to 30,000 students by 2020.

When it comes to those living on campus, they now have 7,346 new students — the most in recent years and a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s large incoming class. The positive enrollment extends to freshmen (1 percent), transfers (6.7 percent) and graduate students (5.9 percent).

Schools and colleges leading the growth are the College of Nursing (16.5 percent), Mike Ilitch School of Business (14.1 percent), the College of Engineering (7.1 percent), the School of Library and Information Science (6.6 percent), and the School of Social Work (5.9 percent). In the Graduate School, according to the University’s press office, new master’s students are up 41 percent over the past three years.

Graduation rates are still an are the University need to work on. Wayne State’s six-year graduation rate now exceeds 38 percent this year, up at least 12 percentage points over the past five years.

That rate of improvement puts Wayne State in the top 20 public institutions nationally for rate of improvement over the past four years, however, they still lag well behind state leaders University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) at 90 percent, Michigan State (78 percent) and Grand Valley (70 percent). A key metric in the university’s strategic plan is to grow the six-year graduation rate to 50 percent by 2021, which would put them in the middle of the pack.

The school says they’re taking numerous steps to address this.

Forty-five advisors have been hired for academic departments in the last few years and more students have utilized academic advising services. Students have been given access to a web-based tool called DegreeWorks, which allows them to map out and track their progress toward a degree. Also, there’s a new “priority registration sequence” to help students close to graduation get needed courses, using predictive analytics to identify students with elevated risk as early as possible and, beginning in winter 2017, a new course scheduling matrix that eliminates overlap between classes.

“We’re attracting a higher caliber of student while also remaining a place of opportunity,” said Dawn Medley, associate provost for enrollment management. “In addition to our diverse academic programs and gorgeous campus, I think more students are drawn to Wayne State because it is in the middle of the renaissance happening in Detroit.”

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Wayne State University Gets $200,000 Grant To Help Combat Homelessness http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/08/16/wayne-state-university-gets-200000-grant-help-combat-homelessness/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/08/16/wayne-state-university-gets-200000-grant-help-combat-homelessness/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:39:55 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=24994 College students deal with many pressures while in college. In addition to finding a way to pay for classes and dealing with the endless papers and reading assignments there’s one pressure that is not so obvious to see, homelessness.

In addition to everything else, some students also have to worry about where they will place their head at night to sleep at night.

“Without safe and reliable housing, or other basic needs being met, students cannot be successful in college,” said Kate Levin Markel, president of the McGregor Fund. “We are happy to support this initiative at Wayne State as it works to ensure that poverty and hardship do not stand in the way of earning a four-year degree.”

This $200,000 grant from the McGregor Fund will help develop a comprehensive plan for students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as those experiencing difficulty in meeting basic non-academic needs.

It will also allow the university to investigate and respond to student homelessness and related needs such as health care, financial planning, and food insecurity on campus.

“We knew the issue was bigger than we anticipated, so we will embark on a full-scale research and information gathering effort,” said David Strauss, Dean of Students at Wayne State. “We want all of our students to succeed and that means we need to do more from the non-academic side, too. The support of the McGregor Fund helps us do that.”

The McGregor Fund grant will be disperse among two programs:

  • Wayne State’s Transition to Independence Program (TIP) (a program located in the School of Social Work and seeks to improve college access and graduation rates of students from foster care background)
  • Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, and a committee working on an intensive planning and assessment effort to create a stronger network of student support services and determine the full extent of student need. This multidisciplinary Student Needs Committee will collaborate with on- and off-campus partners to address the issue with The Dean of Students Office leading the planning phase.

“TIP students are remarkable and show us that they can succeed academically when they are provided services that allow them to prioritize studies over worrying about how to obtain basic needs such as where they will sleep or how they will eat on a given night,” said Angelique Day, assistant professor of social work and TIP director. “Funding from the McGregor Fund will allow us to expand program capacity while providing critical support to our students that have aged-out of the foster care system.”

Earlier this year, rapper Big Sean donated $25,000 to the cause of homeless Wayne State students.

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WSU Business School Rolls Out New Rendering At Project Groundbreaking http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/07/20/wayne-state-business-school-rolls-new-rendering-project-groundbreaking/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/07/20/wayne-state-business-school-rolls-new-rendering-project-groundbreaking/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:17:26 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=24340 Today the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University broke ground – a project at Woodward and Temple we told you about last week.

However, the look of the building has been switched up pretty significantly. Gone are the columns and dome that reminds one of academia, and in its place is another glass facade that is going to be along Woodward avenue.

Here’s what the old rendering looked like. Much more stately and traditional college-looking than above.


In fact, so many of these new projects on Woodward Avenue have a somewhat similar look with large glass facades along with large panels mostly devoid of natural materials that north of Grand Circus Park and south of Grand Boulevard might soon be Glassward Avenue.

For their part, Wayne State is happy with the glass, in a statement.

“The glass façade and design elements, such as the café and the indoor-outdoor spaces, make the Mike Ilitch School of Business both visually striking and inviting to the greater Detroit community,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. “This new home for our business school will create a beautiful and accessible gateway connecting Midtown and downtown Detroit for students, faculty and the community alike. It’s a fitting and elegant design for a world-class business school made possible by entrepreneurs who throughout their career have been dedicated to opening up a world of opportunities for the people of Detroit.”

Here are the pertinent details, per Wayne State’s press office – including the fact the space will have a cafe:

Detroit-based Christman-Brinker has been selected to be the Construction Manager for the new business school building. Detroit-based architectural firm Smith Group JJR led the development of the updated design for the new structure. The Detroit Downtown Development Authority earlier in the day approved a Master Development Agreement to move the project forward, with full construction expected to start later this year and the first students taking classes in 2018.

The selection of a Detroit-based construction manager and architect for this important project extend the ongoing Michigan Made, Detroit Built efforts taking place throughout The District Detroit. To date, more than $300 million in construction contracts have been awarded to Detroit businesses and more than $400 million to Michigan businesses as part of work on Little Caesars Arena and other projects throughout The District Detroit.

The Mike Ilitch School of Business will serve more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and provide flexible teaching, research, office and community spaces for students and faculty bringing WSU’s outstanding business programs closer to the market. The school will boast a competitive entrepreneurship track with coursework in areas including sports and entertainment management. Major structural elements of the new building will include:

  • Open collaboration space
  • Student support facilities
  • Conference learning center
  • Classrooms
  • Lab space
  • Faculty offices

The new business school will be highly integrated with its prominent position along Woodward Avenue, featuring a number of innovative street level, sidewalk uses including a full trading floor, an open air classroom, business incubator pop-up and corner café.

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